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Blog entries pertaining to Greenland Gown Travel projects, including pictures, reviews, and experiences while we travel.

The beginning of the journey

Doreen Gunkel

Here is the story of the first 24 hours of the Journey…

Mini-me, packed for the journey to Iceland

Packed for Iceland

Mini Me had arguably the worst seat for the eight hourish plane ride on Icelandair with about a three hour airport wait prior to the departure. Her seat was only slightly more cramped than ours as we rode cattle car, middle and window seat. No way to stretch…

After the arrival, customs, and trying to figure out the Flybus that would get us on the next leg of our journey, she got the chance to stretch her legs and take stock in the surroundings. Continue reading

So the epic adventure begin

Greenland Gown Project

Hello all!

The epic adventure really begins in about 12 hours. We will be leaving for the airport here in Denver to get on the plane to Reykjavik Iceland. then with an airport change we will be on the next plane to land in Nuuk Greenland (the capital) on Monday mid day. 

The four hour time zone change is not bad. As we work our way east, we are doing a gradual shift to an 8 hour time difference between there and home. The biggest challenge I will have is the biological timing of medicine. I figure getting up in the middle of the night to take meds is better than having a bad reaction.  🙂

Once in Greenland, My hope is to meet with the curator of the National Museum to gain more information about the dress, the area that the archeological excavations took place. 

My Plan is to look as closely at the textile as possible to answer many questions about the cut and construction. I will not be able to see it outside of the case it is displayed in, but to just be able to see it gives me goose bumps!

Please visit this blog often. I hope to update daily. 

Be well,


Up coming research trip.

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings everyone,

Time is speeding by right now as we are 3 days from our departure to the airport and 6 days until  we Fly.

I hope many of you will travel with us on the travel blog. it is a separate blog from the normal blog. The travel blog link is found in the content bar at the top of the site. 

I will be sharing photos and information on the places I visit as well as first hand information on my findings. This is a once in a life time experience and opportunity.

I look Forward to hearing from you as I go along and to sharing with you.

Be Well,


Museum Visits during the trip

Greenland Gown Project

Museum Visits

Museum SIgnAs the rush slows down, and all of the pieces finally start falling into place, I am finally able to start pulling together the information I have been gathering as part of the process to take this research trip. 

Here is a list of some of  the Museum visits we have planned while we visit Greenland, Iceland, and Norway:



  • The National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavic, Iceland.The tools used to process the wool and make the fabric as well as the culture that led to the use of the fabric as currency.
  • The Abaer Open Air Museum, Reykjavic. A recreation of a typical Icelandic village and farm from the early period of the country. This is an open air museum consisting of 20 buildings. Entry is encouraged into all of the buildings to get a feel for life at that time.
  • The Viking Ship Museum, Located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway., it is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and the Borre mound cemetery.

This is just what is currently planned as I try to work out an itinerary for a trip to someplace 3,500 miles away from home! I am sure we will be hitting other museums and archives as we find them. I know that Greenland has an awesome archive, and that in Reykjavic Iceland there is a wonderful manuscript museum. I am seriously contemplating a journey through those as well.

So, we are now counting down to the day of departure. We are fifteen days out and the excitement is building as the packing and list checking begins in earnest.

Thank you all for joining me on this journey.


Two weeks and counting

Greenland Gown Project


Two weeks and Counting!

Two weeks and counting!

Image copyright 2006 by Pedro Aragão

Greeting travel companions! 

Well, the real count down has begun. It is only two weeks and counting before we leave home on the grand adventure and research trip.

This trip is a first to get familiar with the region as we will be making more pointed trips in the future.  

From Denver to Iceland, then a hop over to Greenland for a visit to the Museum in Nuuk, where I’ll have the opportunity to actually see the dress commonly called the Greenland Gown as well as other textiles from the time of the Norse settlements.

We will be back to Iceland for some research into the tools and techniques used in the production of the Vadmal fabric.  

A flight to Norway will follow for the next round including the Viking Ship Museum and I believe our host will have us thoroughly immersed in the Norwegian culture. Of course a visit with friends is always a boon! 

Then it will be back to Iceland with an 18 hour layover for the trip back home.

All of the details are being worked out. The house sitter has been arranged, the passports have been secured, and the packing has started in earnest. 

This section of the blog is going to be the location for all to stay with us as we travel and experience the very places the Norse settlers that eventually settled in Greenland came from as well as where they settled.

One word though, the first week we will be in Greenland and the internet connectivity may be limited if not impossible, I will try to make updates to the blog when I can, and I will catch you all up as soon as I get back to Iceland.

Please feel free to make comments and ask questions as we go. 

I look forward to sharing this adventure with you all.


Be well,


Scandinavia Bound!

Greenland Gown Project

The GGP visits Scandinavia for research!

GGP Goes to Scandinavia!  Map of Greenland, Iceland, and Norway.

Image © C.Michael Hogan

I am excited to let you know that the Greenland Gown Project is going to be doing onsite research this year in several locations in Scandinavia

The countries that are being looked at are Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and perhaps Denmark.

Greenland may have to wait for another trip as I am still looking at the budget.

That being said, if anyone knows of any person in Iceland that may be willing to host myself and my husband in the Reykjavík area from around the 3rd/4th of June until the 9th/10th of June, please get in touch with me at .



The travel dates are looking like the 1st of May until the 10th of June. Our dates are not set in stone as of yet. I am going to be ordering tickets and will have the dates nailed down by next week.

We will of course be recording our journey in a travel section of the blog so that you may all come along with us!


Be well,